If you love the outdoors (and how could you not?), then it will be a little bit heartbreaking if your children seem to be indifferent to all of the joy that it can bring while traveling.
The good news is that even if they don’t show a natural love for it, they can always be subtly guided in the right direction! In this article, we’re going to take a look at a few tried and tested tips for helping your children to love the outdoors when you’re travelling to the beautiful corners of the world.
Content written by Mom With A Map staff writer
Make Time Outside Part Of Your Routine
You can’t expect your children to love the outdoors if it’s something that they only experience once a year. The thing about nature is that it takes some time to fall in love with it; it’s rare that a person falls in love at first sight with trees and hills and so on.
Instead, it’s best to drip-feed nature’s qualities into your children’s system.
If you go on short hikes with your kids every few weeks then it won’t be long before they’re looking forward to their days out. Some parents force their kids to go camping for a week just once a year, but that’s just overload. Slow and steady will do it!
Give Your Kids The Freedom To Explore Nature
It can be tough to do something fun and enjoyable when there’s someone looking over our shoulder. Many parents accidentally do this with their kids. Instead of letting their sons and daughters enjoy the outdoors in their own way, they try to get them to do what the parent wants to do.
You, of course, have to be careful when you’re traveling in unfamiliar terrain. But if you want your kids to love nature, then give them the freedom to do their own thing while they’re there. Unrestricted fun is the best way.
Invest In Some Fun Outdoor Accessories
Your children will be extra excited for your traveling trips into the outdoors if they have some cool apparel and gadgets to try out when they’re there.
A compass, for example, is a highly curious thing to a child, and they’ll be eager to give it a try in the great outdoors. You should also bring binoculars for your kids when hiking; they’ll get a thrill when they’re out in nature, tracking a bird that’s high up in the trees. Also, remember that they’re like everyone else, and will be happier to spend time outdoors if they’ve got clothes that can keep them warm/dry/cool.
Bring Your Own Excited Attitude
Ultimately, your kids are going to respond to positivity.
If you’re a little too mechanical when you’re journeying through nature, then try to loosen up a little. You’ll find that your kids are much more enthusiastic about getting up early to go on a hike if they know that they’re going to have a fun time while they’re there. Instill this into your kids, and you’ll be creating a lifelong love of nature!
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